Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1 review – a bland offering moon logic

January 13, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
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It’s disappointing to see, but Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1 is largely a bland, heavy-handed, and out-of-character story.

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Summary

It’s disappointing to see, but Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1 is largely a bland, heavy-handed, and out-of-character story.

With this, folks, I think we have the first real dud of DC’s Future State. It had to come eventually, and this bland tale of Kara Zor-El having matured and taken up residence on a lunar rescue colony seems like the one to me. There’s nothing especially bad about Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1, but it feels so far removed from what we’ve come to expect from the character that it can’t help but disappoint, and that’s before we get into the heavy-handed writing and on-the-nose paralleling of Kara’s story with another, that of superpower-absorbing Starswamp Asteroid royalty, Lynari Lili’alo.

Opening with a funeral for Krypto suggests an emotional component that is sadly missing here. Kara living in an idyllic lunar utopia is interesting on its face but handled in the blandest possible way here, with little of interest in the colony itself, visually or thematically. Lynari and the Starfall jewel she’s in possession of are obviously coveted by some pursuers, whose immediate idea is to destroy the moon for offering her shelter, which will obviously push Kara back into world-saving action in the follow-up issue.

Kara’s internal justification for swearing off Earth altogether is mostly a quibble over whether being its champion was her birthright over Jon’s – it feels like a bit of an overreaction, and the writing is pretty charmless in putting that across. Introducing Lynari, fleeing a planet and with responsibilities of her own, is an easy way to force Kara into examining who she is and what she believes, including pressing her to abandon her newfound pacifistic ideal, and that’s exactly what Lynari feels like – a story device, present only to push Kara in a certain direction.

I’m all for doing new things with new characters, especially longstanding ones, but Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1 isn’t quite what I had in mind.

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